a camera too good to be true (and yet it is)

It's been more than half a year since Fujifilm unveiled the third iteration of its XT-series XT-series interchangeable lenses, the X-T3.

Fujifilm had kindly provided me with an X-T3 device for a month in November. I was selfish enough to ignore their emails in order to return them for the past two months. Yes, the X-T3 is so good, I wish I could keep it forever.

Since this is not an option, I am here to share my experience with the X-T3 over the last three months – and why I am I feel nostalgic about my upcoming split. This is more of a love letter to the X-T3 than an actual review (okay, maybe I'll exaggerate a bit).

But before we go into the peculiarities, a few words to the approach I took part in this meeting ̵[ads1]1; and a short detour into the storytime.

"Do camera reviews matter at all?"

After studying art theory and aesthetics for three years, one of my biggest post-wedding regrets was that I never got around to experimenting with fine art outside of school – or testing mine theoretical knowledge. So in 2017 I decided to change that and wanted to buy my first camera.

As with any other purchase decision, I have read a lot of camera ratings and specifications that I barely understood. and when there were no more reviews, I went to YouTube and watched videos of my top pick cameras in action. But even after all the research, I still did not feel comfortable deciding on a final decision.

Then I came across a short but very moving piece by Gigaom founder Om Malik, in which he asked exactly the same question. At the time, I was annoyed: "Are camera reviews really important?"

" I just want to know from reviews how it feels in the hand, what images it does, and what the actual power of everyday use is," Malik wrote. "The sensor size, the sensor type and the type the processors mean absolutely nothing – what matters is the photos. "

In the same piece, Malik showed an example of a review that did just that.The test in question focused on the X100F – the fourth iteration of the fixed Fuzzy X100 series from Fujifilm, which provides superb image quality in a bag case, written by well-known wedding and X-photographer Kevin Mullins.

(Please note that X-Photographers are fairly unpaid brand ambassadors of the Take this as you wish.) [19659002]

What Mullins & # 39; report on the X100F does so fundamentally hte, was not the technical detail he provided (and there was plenty of that), but the photos he took with it. I absolutely loved Mullin's work with the X100F, I was thrilled with his talent and totally scared.

But one thing was for sure: The X100F is an extraordinary camera, and if I try, it might help me one day to take pictures that inspire others, just as Mullins inspired me.

Now there is one caveat that we should express: although the best capacity of the camera is the photos it produces, a good photographer also needs to get the most out of a camera.

If you buy a camera with excellent pictures, you will not become a good photographer. However, you get the tools to create great pictures. But to do that, you need to set the hours, focus on your work, and improve your vision. There's no way around it.

After reading Mullin's review, I finally settled on the X100F. Although I have chosen a more versatile model and have found an interchangeable lens camera, my experience with the X100F convinced me that I made the right call. Thanks to the fixed lens, I could not work with what I have, and that in turn helped me to become a better photographer in the long run.

This brings me to my review of the X-T3. While I look at some of the technical capabilities of the X-T3, this piece is more a testimony to my experience with the camera and a demonstration of the photos I took with it rather than a full review. [19659002] I should also mention that although I've been involved in technology for over three years, I'm not a technology reviewer or a professional photographer. I'm more of a non-photographer, occasionally making honest photos on the street.

Finally – and this is an important disclaimer – all photos were edited to my liking (some pretty strong). For the sake of transparency, I insert links to samples outside the camera in the captions under each image. This should give you a better overview of the X-T3's in-camera processing capabilities and the post-processing flexibility you get in RAW files.

Body and Design

Let me start with the X-T3 is a conversation starter.

Fujifilm cameras are often inspired by the classic analog look, and the X-T3 is no different. The X-T3 has a distinctive 80s feel reminiscent of Fujifilm's Fujica series. In fact, I could not count how many times a stranger would stop me on the street, point to the X-T3 and ask me if I'm filming – or simply nod excitedly, "Cool camera!" 19659002] The design of the X-T3 is not only beautiful, but also functional.

The camera has three separate analog ISO controls, shutter speed and exposure compensation. While only the previous two locks are lockable, the exposure compensation wheel is fairly stable, so you do not have to worry about it being accidentally rotated.

There are two additional dials – front and back – that you need to customize. Personally, I use the rear dial to fine-tune the shutter speed, if necessary, and the front dial to toggle between different ISO modes for the custom range.

On the back of the camera is a joystick (which you can select) your focus point when shooting) and a four-arrow dial button, each of which can be customized. Personally, I disabled the arrow shortcuts because I accidentally clicked them too many times. Nevertheless, it is good to have options.

Unlike its predecessor X-T2, the X-T3 also has a touch-sensitive screen that you can tap to focus on your subject. While this was one of the changes I wanted to try the most, I found the joystick much more reliable when it came to focusing. The 3.2-inch screen tilts up or down as well as from side to side. Unfortunately for Vlogger she is not turned forward.